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Preparatory Enrollment Program
The Preparatory Enrollment Program will retain and graduate a select number of low-income or first-generation students who demonstrate a potential for academic excellence. The program supports the intellectual and social development of students by providing academic instruction and tutoring, faculty mentoring, a peer support network, workshops, and individual advising. We are a student-centered program characterized by an environment of diversity, cooperation, and community.
The Preparatory Enrollment Program celebrates a rich history of over 40 years on the Rhode Island College Campus of preparing and supporting first-generation and low-income students in their path to college graduation.
In alignment with the mission of Rhode Island College, the Preparatory Enrollment Program will provide educational access and opportunity to underrepresented populations at Rhode Island College with the goal of graduating a diverse group of students prepared for success and leadership in the professional realm.
Questions about the Preparatory Enrollment Program at Rhode Island College
- Program Eligibility
- Program Services
- Financial Aid Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Selection Procedure
- Notice of Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination
Program EligibilityIn order to be considered for admission to the Preparatory Enrollment Program, applicants must:
- Complete the Common Application by February 1st
- Be a RI resident with a projected high school graduation date prior to fall enrollment
- Not have previously enrolled in a program of post-secondary education
- Meet low-income qualifications based on federal guidelines
- Be a first-generation college student
- Demonstrate the need and desire for academic support
Student support services begin during the spring prior to fall enrollment and continue through the summer session. Throughout their first year experience, Rhode Island College PEP students receive individualized support and guidance to ensure a successful transition equipped with the necessary academic and personal skills to persist and graduate from Rhode Island College.
Spring Pre-College Seminar Series
- The Spring Pre-College Program will begin in May. Course sessions are held once a week on the RIC campus and will now begin later in the spring semester, creating a continuum through which PEP students will focus on college readiness.
- First Year Experience Seminar: PEP students will be required to enroll as a cohort in a non-credit first-year experience seminar. Students will attend workshops that foster a successful first year transition and provide an opportunity to learn about the support services and academic resources available to Rhode Island College Students.
- Summer Course Enrollment:: PEP students will have the opportunity to satisfy a General Education Requirement through enrollment in a summer session course before the fall of their freshman year.
In the past, the PEP program required students to live on campus and take credit-bearing summer courses during the summer. This is no longer a requirement, but rather an optional opportunity provided at the student’s expense.
Academic Year Support Services
A newer, more robust academic year program will provide additional supports to PEP students. In addition to the campus supports familiar to many of you, the college’s award-winning Learning for Life program will bring greater value to students admitted to PEP by providing extensive academic, life-skill, financial and career-related supports — supports designed to increase student persistence and improve graduation rates, these supports include:
- Individual Advising: Throughout the Fall and Spring semester students will attend individual advising meetings on a weekly basis to share academic progress, discuss college transition, and ensure fulfillment of 1st year requirements
- Group Workshops: The program hosts workshops in collaboration with campus offices to expose students to the academic resources and support services available at Rhode Island College
- Peer Mentor Network: PEP students who have completed their first year at RIC will serve as mentors to the first year PEP students throughout their freshman year of college.
- Textbook and Resource Library: PEP students may borrow textbooks from the program library, which includes several textbooks and reference material for the courses offered at RIC.
Financial Aid Requirements
All applicants for the Preparatory Enrollment Program must complete the FASFA and the Rhode Island College Financial Aid Application by March 1st of their senior year to be considered for financial aid. Financial aid packages for the academic year will still continue to equal most families’ unmet needs but now will reflect a combination of grants, loans, and work-study funds. By offering a combination package of financial assistance, RIC will ensure that PEP remains an affordable and viable option for students. It is important to note that PEP students will now be eligible for work-study jobs on campus.
Prospective PEP applicants must complete the Common Application and check the appropriate box that indicates an interest in applying to PEP. All accompanying documents to the Common Application must be submitted by the February 1st deadline.
For additional questions about the admissions requirements, please contact:
Brian Stevens, Assistant Director
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis up until the February 1st deadline. Students selected for the Preparatory Enrollment Program will receive notification by mail in early spring and must inform the College of their intent to enroll by late April.
Notice of Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination
Rhode Island College is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action. No student, employee, or applicant will be denied admission, employment, or access to programs and activities because of race, sex, religion, age, color, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation, conviction record, or Vietnam era veteran status. This college policy is in concert with state and federal nondiscrimination laws. Inquiries concerning the College's administration of the nondiscrimination laws should be addressed to the College Affirmative Action Officer.